Joyful Christmas

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. (NIV)

It was Christmas and a joyful time in our home.

Our girls both have families of their own and we must share them and the grandchildren with their extended families. Our time with all of them together was to be Christmas Eve Day.

After hurrying to get the presents all wrapped, I started preparing the mid-afternoon lunch for everyone. Then I set about filling Christmas stockings. I love filling their stockings! Their eyes light up and a joyful squeal thrills me as they find some small unexpected delight deep within their stocking.

Soon I had two stuffed stockings on the sofa for Levi and Brooke, and two stockings on the loveseat for Faith and Mary Kathryn. I discovered they were so full that some of the things were spilling onto the sofas. Toys were protruding from the top, and pretty socks were hanging over the edges. It was a beautiful sight, and I knew the grandchildren would be happy.

As I stepped back and viewed my finished products, I thought, "This is how God treats us — immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine." He not only fills our mouths to overflowing with food, He hangs clothes on our bodies, and He lays a gift of shelter at our feet. He feeds us spiritually with His Word, allows us to communicate with Him in prayer, and sends us blessings immeasurably.

Just as those Christmas stockings were brimming over with gifts from the grandparents, God causes our lives to overflow with His daily gifts.

Prayer: Thank you, God, for another joyful Christmas with our precious families. Thank You for sending Your wonderful Son, Jesus, as a baby in a manger to eventually sacrifice His life on a cross for our sins. Thank You for the abundant blessings You send us daily. Amen.

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Melva Cooper
Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA

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